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Kim Kardashian Just Before The Split: 'We Felt Like, Why Wait?'

First Posted: 11/15/11 11:26 AM ET Updated: 11/15/11 05:33 PM ET

Kim Kardashian Before The Split

What a difference a couple of weeks can make.

No doubt when Marie Claire magazine sat down with Kim Kardashian a few weeks after her wedding, they didn't expect their December cover girl to file for divorce just weeks later -- especially given what she told them.

Meeting a fresh-faced Kim for breakfast at the Gansevoort Hotel in New York, the magazine notes that as she flashed her 20.5- carat diamond engagement ring, she's transformed into a "junior Elizabeth Taylor."

It's a fitting description since Kim is now ending her second marriage, but Elizabeth Taylor is also one of Kim's idols and one of her nicknames bestowed on her by her sisters. And as Khloe put it during the four-hour long televised wedding spectacular, "[Kim's] nickname isn't Elizabeth Taylor for the diamonds."

Although there are allegations that Kim's wedding was a sham -- allegations both she and her lawyer deny -- it's hard not to wonder exactly what changed so quickly, when just weeks before Kim told Marie Claire:

"We felt like, 'Why wait?' it's fun to have a partner who understand your life and lets you be you."

It seems like Kim has since answered her own question, but it's a lesson one might have thought she'd already learned -- until you realize she merely shrugs off her short-lived marriage to music producer Damon Thomas, as a youthful indiscretion.

"I didn't know myself. As unhappy as I was, and as happy as I am now not to be in that relationship, I learned so much from it: who I wanted to be, who I never wanted to be -- you take all those issues and move on," she said.

Understanding that Kim's attitude toward marriage is in general a little too nonchalant for most people, perhaps it's easier to understand how it all unraveled so quickly.

Maybe Kim really was still head-over-heels in love with Kris Humphries when she told Marie Claire, "I feel like where we're at right now is the best time in my life."

"We have a lot of trust, and I don't think either of us would do anything to break that," she explained. "It make life so easy. He's such a good guy; he is so down-to-earth, and it's such a reality check ... He gets it. Sometimes my life can be really intimidating for people, but he allows me to work and do what I've gotta do."

It's obvious that Kim values her career, so perhaps it all fell apart when Kris, jobless from the NBA lockout, felt threatened and wanted Kim in more of a traditional wife role, far away from Hollywood and reality TV.

In a recent promo for the new season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," the couple is seen arguing and Kim asks how she is supposed to have her career and live in Minnesota? Kris told her, "Baby, by the time you have kids and they're in school, no one will probably care about you."

It appears that Kris didn't really "get it" after all -- and that explains a lot.

For more, click over to Marie Claire.

Check out Kim's romantic history:

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  • Kris Humphries

    Kardashian <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/07/kim-kardashian-dating-kris-humphries_n_793278.html" target="_hplink">began dating New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries</a> in December 2010 after watching him play basketball in late November. The pair took their fast-moving relationship to the next level when Humphries <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/kim-kardashian-kris-humphries-engaged_n_866631.html" target="_hplink">proposed</a> -- on camera for her E! reality show, of course -- in May and they wed on August 20, 2011. But the wedded bliss ended October 31, 2011 when Kim filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage.

  • Gabriel Aubry

    Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry announced their split in April 2010, and in November, the model was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/22/kim-kardashian-gabriel-aubry-_n_786940.html" target="_hplink">spotted out and about with newly-single Kardashian</a>. The couple enjoyed a Lakers game and a movie date together, but less than a month later, Kardashian would meet Kris Humphries -- and he would sweep her off her feet.

  • Michael Copon

    Kardashian was rumored to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/07/michael-copon-kim-kardash_n_753863.html" target="_hplink">casually dating</a> "One Tree Hill" actor (and her "Beyond The Break" co-star) Michael Copon in October 2010, and he even appeared on her E! reality show, "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," but that's about it.

  • Miles Austin

    Kardashian switched teams after splitting from Bush -- literally. She began dating Dallas Cowboys football player <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/kim-kardashian-boyfriend_n_644504.html" target="_hplink"> Miles Austin in July 2010</a> but the pair <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20427399,00.html" target="_hplink">split in September</a> after just a few months together.

  • Reggie Bush

    Kardashian found love once again later in 2007 -- this time with football player Reggie Bush. Their relationship drama was documented on the E! reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and we thought Kim had finally found "The One." However, the on-and-off couple <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/hwood_party_girl/kim_kardashian_reggie_bush_split_again/172983" target="_hplink">ended things for good in March 2010</a>. Bush continues to play football -- now for the Miami Dolphins -- and was most recently linked to Melissa Molinaro, an actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/reggie-bush-now-dating-kim-impersonator_n_882234.html" target="_hplink">bearing a striking resemblance</a> to Kardashian.

  • Nick Cannon

    After her split from Ray J, Kardashian moved on with actor/rapper/comedian Nick Cannon. The couple reportedly split in early 2007 after the release of Kardashian's sex tape. Cannon, who is currently a radio personality on New York's 92.3 NOW FM, tied the knot with Mariah Carey in April 2008. The couple welcomed their first children, fraternal twins, in April 2011.

  • Ray J

    Also in 2006, Kardashian dated R&B singer Ray J -- who is the brother of singer Brandy. The relationship didn't last, but the public release of their infamous sex tape in early 2007 shot Kardashian into the spotlight...and eventually got her $5 million after settling a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment. Ray J went on to star in the VH1 reality show "For The Love of Ray J" in 2009, and continues to work in the music industry.

  • Nick Lachey

    After her divorce, then-stylist Kardashian <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1199443,00.html" target="_hplink">casually dated</a> Nick Lachey in 2006 -- just six months after his divorce from Jessica Simpson -- but they were never serious. Lachey also began dating TV personality Vanessa Minnillo in 2006 and the couple married in July 2011.

  • Damon Thomas

    Kardashian may be walking down the aisle on August 20, but it's not the first time she's been a wife. The reality star married 30-year-old music producer Damon Thomas in 2000 when she was just 20 years old. Their love wasn't meant to last, however, and the couple split in 2004. In 2010, their divorce papers were <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/kim-kardashians-ex-damon_n_563949.html" target="_hplink">leaked to the press</a>, revealing Kardashian claimed Thomas was physically abusive toward her. Thomas denied the allegations and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/kim-kardashians-ex-damon_n_563949.html" target="_hplink">responded with a press release</a> where he called her a fame-loving liar.

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